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Contributing to GeoCam

The GeoCam Project develops open source software and we welcome your contributions. We think making tools to help disaster responders share information in the field is just about the greatest job in the world, and if you have the time to help us, that's awesome. You're really doing some important public service.

If you're a developer and want to get involved, here are some ways you can do that:

  • We use git and the GitHub web site to manage our source code. You can read up on these tools at the GitHub help pages.
  • Try using our tools:
    • Visit an interactive demo version of GeoCam Share. This is a read-only version that can give you a feel for how the display works.
    • Our Android native apps are currently in closed beta. If you want to try them out, please contact a project member.
  • If you find any bugs, you can help us out by reporting them at the issue tracker. You can get to the issue tracker by clicking on the Issues button from any GeoCam repository on GitHub. You can also vote on which bugs are most important to you.
  • Try installing our tools from source:
  • If you have any questions, ask on the geocam-questions group. That will also give us a chance to get to know you, which will make things easier if you want to contribute code later.
  • You're free to test whatever changes you like in your local repository, and you can share them (subject to the NASA Open Source Agreement) by forking our repository on GitHub and pushing your changes there.
  • If we like your changes, we might incorporate them into the master copy of GeoCam. But remember:
    • We only take changes if they fit with our project goals and our coding style. You have better odds of getting your changes accepted if we've talked about them in advance.
    • Unfortunately, we can only take changes if you have signed our contributor license agreement (see below). That agreement is what lets us legally redistribute your changes under the NOSA.
    • To give us a change, push it to your fork on GitHub, then send us a pull request so we can pull it from there. (Or if you prefer, send a pull request via email with any explanation needed, no need to get formal.)

Contributor License Agreement

In order for us to accept your changes into the master GeoCam repository, we need you to submit a signed copy of our contributor license agreement (PDF). That agreement is what lets us legally redistribute your changes under the NOSA.

Please print the agreement, sign it, and mail it to the following address:

Trey Smith
NASA Ames Research Center, Mail Stop 269-3
Moffett Field, CA 94035

Thanks! We hope to hear from you!

Copyright (C) 2008-2010 United States Government as represented by
the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
All Rights Reserved.
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